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of control. but help is on the way. as linda yee reports, a former big city police chief has been hired to offer the city some help. >>> reporter: 127 homicides in oakland so far this year, the highest in five years. some people are afraid to just go out. >> i work in east oakland, and it's really scary going to work and coming out every day. >> reporter: the mayor and the police chief agree, crime is out of control. >> we have to try something different. >> reporter: that something new comes in the form of a $250,000 consultant to the police department. legendary lawman bill bratton. he is the former new york police commissioner and los angeles police chief who drastically reduced violent crime during his tenure in both cities. >> if anyone can straighten out the terrible problems that oakland has with the police, he can. >> reporter: former san jose police chief and now hoover institution fellow joe mcnamara says bratton is known for being tough on crime and gangs and is a genius at getting the community to work with police. >> previous chief that they hired from the outside left and
them is leland yee a local, state senator. he wants to reintroduce a bullet button ban which failed last year. bullet buttons allow gun use forest get around the state ban on detachable magazines. >> it is as if we do not have an assault weapons ban in the state of california. with the bullet button, assault rifle, what you can do is buy a magnet and you can easily load and unload these magazines. >> a local gun advocate says that bans on certain weapons or parts are not good ways to prevent violence. gene hoffman is the chair of cal guns. he does support more background checks and mental health evaluations. >>> a cbs news poll taken after the shootings finds more than half of americans think gun laws should be more strict. 57% is the highest number we have seen in a decade. but at the same time, when asked about what happened in newtown, 66% said tougher gun laws would have done little or nothing to prevent that particular incident. and president obama appears to be concerned about the issue. he met with some of his cabinet members yesterday to discuss what can be done protect amer
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